Is Larry Sanders a candidate for MIP? Definitely. He’s transformed from being a foul-prone elite defensive player who can’t really shoot and doesn’t get any minutes into a foul-prone elite defensive player who can’t really shoot and gets a bunch of minutes. That seems to be the only requirement to win it, just play the same but play a lot more. To be fair, he is a better finisher now, and he’s learning how to defend without trying to block everything that comes his way.